NewSouth Communications Commends FCC Decision to Protect Competitive Regulatory Framework

NewSouth Communications Commends FCC Decision to Protect Competitive Regulatory
Action Helps Ensure that Competition for Broadband and Voice Services
Continues to Gain Momentum in US and that Consumers Have a Choice as Provided
By the Telecommunications Act of 1996

GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- NewSouth Communications, a
broadband Integrated Communications Provider (ICP) to business customers in
the Southeastern US, is encouraged by the result of today's vote by the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the Triennial Review. The FCC has
recognized the substantial benefits of facilities-based competitors such as
NewSouth by ensuring competitors access to the incumbent LEC's network,
including high capacity loops and transport. Several important operational
and policy issues have been resolved by the FCC in favor of facilities
competitors, thereby further promoting competition.
"The FCC has endorsed the competitive regulatory framework that provides
for consumer choice. This vote was key for ensuring competition for
telecommunications and broadband services," said Jim Akerhielm, President &
CEO for NewSouth Communications.
"The FCC has acknowledged what NewSouth has been saying all along-the
elimination of unreasonable restrictions on accessing the incumbent's last
mile facilities will allow facilities-based competitors such as NewSouth the
ability to offer state-of-the-art broadband anda voice services to customers,"
added Jake E. Jennings, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for NewSouth

About NewSouth Communications:

NewSouth Communications provides a full range of Internet, local, and long
distance services to business customers in South Carolina, North Carolina,
Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Founded in 1997, NewSouth now has a fully deployed network including the
Tekelec VXi MGC softswitch, Cisco packet-based switches, Lucent Technologies,
Inc. AnyMedia(TM) 5ESS-2000 switches, and Siemens Information and
Communications Networks EWSD digital switches. The company has most recently
launched Suite T, a bundled product targeted to medium and large businesses.
To learn more about NewSouth Communications, visit the Company's website at

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